During the holiday season, nobody wants to run out of food when holding a party or hosting a meal. To avoid embarrassment, we often end up preparing too much food, but don’t know how to manage the leftovers!
Did you know that food waste is one of the world’s biggest waste contributors? According to recycleworks.org, household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year – equating to over 100 pounds per person.
Here are some tips for a food waste-free holiday.
- Plan Ahead!
Planning menus in advance can limit waste. Get the head count of your guests to coordinate your recipe measurements to the perfect proportions, reducing the risk of impulse purchases. Check out Love Food Hate Waste for portion planning, storage tips and recipes.
- Store Properly
Rotten or spoiled food is the ultimate bummer. Storing food properly in the fridge or freezer ensures a longer shelf life and less food in the trash. Consider using the app Fridgely to record and track what’s in your fridge.
- Leftovers into Makeovers
Don’t let your leftovers go to waste. Transform your holiday leftovers into completely new dishes. Here are some awesome recipes to incorporate your holiday leftovers.
- Leftover Pooling Party
Throw a leftovers pooling party to cut down on food waste, save money and be united with the community in the process. This is a great way to clear out the fridge especially during the post-holiday season. Find out more about leftovers pooling party ideas here. Visit to our Green Tips article for a quick checklist of actions you can take to avoid or reduce food waste at your events.
- Donate to Feed the Hungry
If food really cannot be eaten, at the very least, compost what you can. Here is a list of foods that you can and cannot compost. Also, try these simple solutions to reduce waste at home and the office.
Reducing our food waste during the holiday season generates a host of benefits from saving money to conserving our planet. But don’t stop when the holiday season is over and keep the zero waste spirit year round.